Sexiest Films of All-Time

(in three parts)

Sexiest Films of All-Time: In the following compilation by Filmsite are some of the sexiest films in the display of sex and eroticism on the screen throughout cinematic history.

See also Filmsite's multi-part sections on "Sex in Cinema" for more detail and illustrations:

Sexiest Films of All-Time
(alphabetical, unranked)
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Sexiest Films of All-Time - Part 3
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Romance (1999, Fr.) (aka Romance X)

Graphic and explicit depictions of sex were displayed when an unsatisfied wife (Caroline Ducey) sought liberated love elsewhere, with a bar stranger (Rocco Siffredi) and then an older man (François Berléand) who awakened her to the pleasures of bondage and sadomasochism.

Room in Rome (2010, Sp.) (aka Habitación en Roma)

This sensually-filmed, NC-17 rated lesbian relationship character study involved two beautiful female leads who shared an elegant room in Rome for an intense one-night stand: dark-haired and thin Alba (Elena Anaya) and Russian blonde "Natasha" or Dasha (Natasha Yarovenko).

Sea of Love (1989)

In this suspenseful and tense police thriller, NYC detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) fell in 'lust' with his prime 'lonely-hearts' serial-killer suspect - the beautiful Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin).

Secretary (2002)

An unusual master/slave relationship of bondage and submission developed between an attorney (James Spader) and his shy, semi-sadomasochistic secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in this offbeat romantic drama.

Sex & Lucia (2001, Sp.) (aka Lucía y el sexo)

The convoluted, non-linear story in this audacious Spanish drama was secondary to the numerous amorous and erotic nude scenes and strong sexual content involving young Madrid waitress Lucia (Paz Vega) and a struggling writer.

sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Steven Soderbergh's directorial debut film, an independent hit, was the story of impotent videographer Graham Dalton (James Spader) who taped women discussing their sexual lives, experiences and fantasies. His subjects in this very verbal film included non-orgasmic wife Ann (Andie MacDowell) and her sexually-needy sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo) who was having an affair with Ann's philandering husband John (Peter Gallagher).

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

This Best Picture winner purported to tell the backstory of Will Shakespeare's writer's block (after romantic heartbreak) before the penning of a new play, ultimately his romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. It depicted the Bard's (Joseph Fiennes) love affair with cross-dressing actor Thomas Kent/Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) auditioning and playing the part of Romeo, and inspiring him to finish his work.

Shortbus (2006)

This trailblazing, mainstream film with some of the most explicit, non-simulated sex scenes ever screened, followed a non-orgasmic couples' therapist (Sook-Yin Lee) who sought fulfillment with friends in an underground NY sexual salon named Shortbus.

Showgirls (1995)

The # 1 highest-grossing (domestic) NC-17 rated film ever -- and rampant with nudity and sexual situations, this cult film starred Elizabeth Berkley (from TV's Saved By the Bell) as aspiring Las Vegas showgirl Nomi Malone, whose main competitive rival was a bisexual star diva in a topless revue star named Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon). Although critically-reviled, it was a bold attempt by Hollywood to create the first big-budget "adult" film since the recklessly perverse Caligula (1979).

Sirens (1993, Australia/UK)

This exciting Australian comedy celebrated bohemian free-thinking lifestyles in its tale of an artist (Sam O'Neill) with nude female models (including Elle Macpherson) who flaunted their nakedness, to purposely liberate a strait-laced Anglican clergyman (Hugh Grant) and his uptight wife (Tara Fitzgerald).

Sliver (1993)

Originally rated NC-17, this voyeuristic mystery-thriller (with a confused plot), directed by Phillip Noyce and set in a NY high-rise apartment building, romantically paired sexually-repressed divorcee Carly (post-Basic Instinct Sharon Stone) and mysterious, peeping-tom landlord Zeke (William Baldwin).

The Story of O (1975, Fr./W.Germ./Can.) (aka Histoire d'O)

A soft-core (NC-17, originally rated X), fantasy-based sex film (with rampant nudity) from Just Jaeckin (of Emmanuelle fame), was based on the scandalous erotic novel. It starred Corinne Clery as the title character, who was brought to a brothel-dungeon retreat by her boyfriend Rene, where she was taught the ways of bondage, servitude, and S&M from 'master' trainers, including Rene's stepbrother.

Summer Lovers (1982)

Although intellectually vacuous, this sun-drenched film shot in Greece told of a ménage a trois between a young college grad (Peter Gallagher) and two frequently unclothed females, his girlfriend (Daryl Hannah) and a French archaeologist (Valerie Quennessen).

Swimming Pool (2003, Fr./UK)

This twisting thriller and murder mystery by François Ozon, and set in the South of France often exhibited the voluptuous body of enigmatic French girl (Ludivine Sagnier) by the pool in view of inhibited English novelist Sarah (Charlotte Rampling).

10 (1979)

Blake Edwards' blockbuster romantic-sex comedy was most noted for cornrow-haired Bo Derek (as Jenny) making a sensational, slo-motion beach appearance, as the object of obsession for middle-aged pop music composer George Webber (Dudley Moore). The culmination of his fantasy was Jenny's seduction of him to the tune of Ravel's Bolero.

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990, Sp.) (aka Atame!)

A love-struck petty criminal and ex-psychiatric patient Ricky (Antonio Banderas) kidnapped and held in bondage ex-porn star and B-movie actress Marina (Victoria Abril) to win her affection - in this NC-17 film.

Titanic (1997)

Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet headlined James Cameron's infamous, record-breaking, epic dramatization of the disastrous sinking of the R.M.S. ocean liner in 1912. Two members of differing social classes, Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, entered into a doomed and sometimes sappy (and unlikely) romance as star-crossed lovers.

Two Moon Junction (1988)

Passionate, sordid and steamy romance (with frank love scenes) was the subject of this melodramatic erotic tale about a wealthy Southern socialite (Sherilyn Fenn) enthralled by the affections of a muscular carnival worker (Richard Tyson).

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

With the backdrop of the Prague Spring in late 1960s Czechoslovakia, womanizing brain surgeon Tomas (Daniel Day-Lewis) juggled his polyamorous love for romantic Tereza (Juliette Binoche) with his lustful, free-spirited attraction for artist Sabina (Lena Olin).

Unfaithful (2002)

Adrian Lyne's erotic drama illustrated the deadly consequences of an extra-marital adulterous affair, seen in extended, racy love scenes involving the unfaithful wife (Diane Lane), married to suspicious husband (Richard Gere), after a chance meeting with a handsome French used book dealer (Olivier Martinez).

White Palace (1990)

A romantic drama, set in St. Louis, Missouri, portrayed the unlikely (and lustful) relationship between 27 year-old middle-class widower and ad executive Max Baron (James Spader) and middle-aged, uneducated, slobbish, working-class waitress Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon), who was fixated on Marilyn Monroe. She worked at the White Palace (a thinly-disguised greasy-spoon White Castle), the film's title.

Wild at Heart (1990)

Director David Lynch's eccentric, sex-drenched and lurid road film tale followed the wild flight westward of a crazy-in-love couple: hot Lula Fortune (Laura Dern) and ex-con Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage).

Wild Orchid (1989)

Frequently regarded as sleazy and originally rated X before censoring, Zalman King's erotic drama with soft-core sex scenes was notorious for its realistic couplings in Rio between an innocent, seduced small-time lawyer (Carre Otis) and a wealthy lout (Mickey Rourke).

Wild Things (1998)

This plot-twisting erotic thriller with multiple double-crosses starred many fresh-faced young stars, including trailer-trash Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell) and teen socialite Kelly (Denise Richards), who revealed their allegiance to rape-accused guidance counselor (Matt Dillon) during an infamous threesome scene.

Y Tu Mamá También (2001, Mex./US) (aka And Your Mother Too)

In its tale of sexual exploration (in a love triangle) during a road trip, gravely-ill temptress Luisa (Maribel Verdu) joined two randy teen suitors to unknown destinations (a secluded beach), and bared all by having sex with both of them and causing simmering jealousies.

Young & Beautiful (2013, Fr.) (aka Jeune & Jolie)

Writer/director François Ozon's non-judgmental strong drama about teenage sexuality starred Marine Vacht as 17 year-old French teen Isabelle who had recently lost her virginity and then perilously and impulsively explored her troubled sexuality in Paris as a prostitute named Lea. Acting aloof and cold, she met older male clients for hotel-room trysts, until one john named Georges (Johan Leysen) died in her company during sex and she was subsequently investigated by police.

Zandalee (1991)

The title character, married Zandalee (Erika Anderson) sought fulfilling sex during a torrid fling with her husband's painter-friend Johnny Collins (Nicolas Cage) - a love triangle that turned tragic.

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